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Expert on large-scale urban design to present P.H. Elwood Lecture Oct. 23 at ISU

October 14, 2013



AMES, Iowa — Susannah Drake, AIA, ASLA, founding principal of dlandstudio in Brooklyn, N.Y., will share her firm's integrated approach to large-scale urban design in the 2013 P.H. Lecture in Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University. Drake will speak about "Resilient Urban Environments" Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design.

Landscape architecture annual student awards will be presented beginning at 6 p.m., followed by Drake's lecture and a reception. Sponsored by the ISU Department of Landscape Architecture and the College of Design, the event is free and open to the public.

dlandstudio pllc is an award-winning multidisciplinary design firm that includes teams of landscape architects, artists, architects, planners and engineers. The firm's recent public projects include "A New Urban Ground," designed in collaboration with Architectural Research Office for the Museum of Modern Art's Rising Currents exhibition; the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, a public open-space system designed to absorb and remediate urban stormwater; the Brooklyn Bridge Pop-up Park, a temporary waterfront open space that attracted nearly 200,000 visitors over six weeks of operation in 2008; the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls in Lilongwe, Africa, and the security for the New York City Police Department headquarters in lower Manhattan.

dlandstudio has received regional, national and international design awards from the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects and the Chicago Athenaeum, among others. Drake won a 2013 AIA Young Architects Award and has received grants from the Graham Foundation, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, the James Marston Fitch Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts for research on campus landscapes and large-scale urban infrastructure projects. She is the author of "Elastic Landscape: Seeding Ecology in Public Space and Urban Infrastructure," published in the collection of essays titled Infrastrukturubanismus.

Drake holds a bachelor of arts in art history and fine arts from Dartmouth College and master of architecture and master of landscape architecture degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

The P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture was established in 1997 to honor the legacy of professor Philip H. Elwood, who is credited with developing the ISU Department of Landscape Architecture. The lecture series brings renowned practitioners to the Iowa State campus as guest lecturers each year.

Heidi Hohmann, Landscape Architecture, (515) 294-8938,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,